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Pros: Hi NA, I have been into PCs since the mid 1980s and frankly, I have lost track of how many PCs I have built over the years. Because I am in the construction business which, can be stressful, I found the "hobby" of building PCs to be enough of a departure from my daily life that it has been easy to find satisfaction from it. That being said, I have had more than my shares of frustrations along the way. But I also learned valuable lessons. One of the first, is to never, ever assemble any PC int a final product without first making sure that the motherboard will boot and post. Something that you can easily do with the motherboard still in the box.
Cons: As a matter of preference, I purchase exclusively EVGA motherboards. Over the years I have purchased several and can only recall having one failure and it wasn't a DOA, but rather following a couple of years of use and was replaced by EVGA under warranty. To the best of my knowledge, EVGA has he best technical support in the industry. That alone makes it my brand of choice and for the reasons that I believe ASUS is the exact opposite, while I can't deny they have innovative boards, I have purchased one too many to ever consider buying one ever again. But on those occasions when I have purchased an ASR board, they have proven to be quite reliable. However, as a matter of principle, even with an EVGA board, before I do anything at all when building a PC, I test them to make sure they boot and run successfully through all the posting procedures.
With the board sitting in the box, insert a stick of memory, install the CPU (You don't even need to use a CPU cooler if you don't want to...), hook up a monitor to a built in video port or if not included with board, have an inexpensive GPU handy and insert it in the correct slot; plug in your power supply and boot the board. in seconds, you should be able to access the BIOS. If you don't, the board has some problems and stop. If it posts, you are good to go.
Other Thoughts: ASR makes good boards and while their technical and customer support is nothing like EVGA's, they are responsive and EVGA's support is an anomaly. But ultimately, there are many preventive actions available when building a PC, that will avoid the experience you had.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For me, this has proven to be a great printer. It is inexpensive when compared to my first HP LaserJet II, or my LaserJet 4 that I've had for probably 15 years and is used daily and abundantly. The last time I ran a printout, it showed over 150,000 pages and all I have ever done, is use HP toner only, keep it clean and away from people that walk around with cups of coffee that end up spilling them into the printers as they do on their keyboards.
Cons: None thus far. I purchased this printer within weeks of HP putting it on the market as it reminded me of my faithful LaserJet 4. Will it last that long?
Other Thoughts: I've been operating my business from before the "cat's meow" was having an Epson DOT Matrix (This will throw a previous reviewer for a loop that, although claims to be of average technical expertise, did not know what "monochrome" meant and purchased the printer in any case. Now, is this lack of technical expertise, or an issue with the English language?). Over the years, I have purchased a number of HP printer of differing ilks, and I cannot ever remember one of them breaking other than from endless use and a finite reasonable life. I only made sure that whether toner cartridges or ink, that they were legitimate HP product and kept them clean (An occasional use of an air can does wonders). I am certain no one cares about reading my opinion as to why they may have had any issues, and I am not interested in even going there. I will, however, say this much; in my lengthy experience with HP printers, should I ever need a printer, I will assess my needs and buy an HP intended to meet them. I am certain there are other great brands out there, but for me there is only one way to go. Whether the 400 will last as long as my 4, I do not know. But I am confident it will serve me well through its useful life and longer than intended. Incidentally, I do not work for HP nor do I have any affiliation with them. My business is concrete.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Its multi-directionality
Cons: It will support large screen televisions and still offer the ability to pull out, push in, swing up , swing down as well as to the right or left. Well built, and reasonably priced--especially when on sale.READ FULL REVIEW